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Lighthouse Elementary School

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About this school

Lighthouse Elementary School is a public elementary school in Juno Beach. The principal of Lighthouse Elementary School is DR. JULIE HOPKINS, whose e-mail is lighthousees@palmbeachschools.org. 733 children attend Lighthouse Elementary School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 3% of the Lighthouse Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 26% of the 733 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Lighthouse Elementary School is 16:1. Beacon Cove Intermediate School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Sports

  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 78% 34%
Asian 5% 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Multiracial 3% 3%
Hispanic 12% 31%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 29%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.7%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0.1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 26% 60%
Limited English proficiency 3% 11%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    We moved to the area from Miami last summer and my daughter started 1st grade at Lighthouse having come from a Montessori preschool background. We were a little anxious at first because of the large size of the school however our experience has been excellent. The class sizes are small based on Palm Beach county standards and our daughter's teacher did an excellent job at giving individualized care. The school is extremely organized. Although public school schedules are very busy my daughter learned a lot and came home happy every day. I would like to see more money go towards classes like art music PE etc. After school activity options are nice. Overall I recommend this school for anyone looking at relocating to the PB area. I'm a working mom but I'm glad to see how passionate stay at home parents are about volunteering. Lots of great involvement and support from families.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter has attended for nearly 2 years. We are very happy with the quality of teachers and staff. We came from private which I thought was the 'way to go'. Now that we have been at this school you couldn't pay ME to go to private. This school has it all. The aftercare is the BEST! Pickup is awful but you can park and walk your self in and get your child that way. I park and walk my daughter in each morning..no problem at all. She is in gifted and I really think it's not much different than the rest of the classes. They never 'tell' the kids 'you are 'better'...as I have heard some schools do. School has counselor on staff. Also has all the 'extras'..art computers PE and music. Why pay?? Sure they need a donation here and there..but who cares! Small fraction of why you'd pay at private..trust me I know!

  • (1 year ago)

    Jupiter Lighthouse. I would caution each parent and school faculty member to get informed about Common Core initiative which this school participates in. This is government sponsored initiative that will only hinder our children's ability to learn. Please research it.

  • (1 year ago)

    Our children attended Lighthouse Elementary for three years. The affluent parent body insists their children attend the gifted program which acts as a smaller school within a school. Not a true gifted program the student body here is comprised of children who have had the benefit of a rigorous preschool experience and come in with first grade level skills so it is basically a year ahead of the average curriculum. The gifted program teachers are also much stronger than the others so you definitely want your children here. The pickup and drop off procedures are a nightmare and be warned that parents start lining up in running cars for an hour before dismissal. Parking is scarce and rainy days can severely impact your morning and afternoon.

  • (1 year ago)

    Just attended the "Curriculum Night" and all the K teacher did was complain about the curriculum and how it was too hard for her to follow. She is extremely negative toward the children and I heard her saying to another parent that she would like to "tweak" my son. As in physically harm him. And not because he was rude or hurtful but because he tried to ring a bell in her class. The poor guy is bored to tears because all his teacher does is complain all day. I'd try to ring a bell too! It is sickening to send my young child into this martyr's class every day. I wouldn't wish it on anyone. Do not move to this district for this school. I completely agree with teh parent who said "The atmosphere created at this school is not a celebration of childhood but instead a soul-crushing end to creativity and spontaneity."

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter was very unhappy here. There is an overall extremely strict feeling to the school and kids can't just be themselves. The lunch room ladies are burned out and unhelpful to the kids. The PE coach is scary. It is a cold environment and not nurturing. It is like each kid is being controlled. When a child walks in the hall he must do "lighthouse bubbles " which is filling your mouth and cheeks with air so you can't speak. The kids walk single file through the hallway like this. The atmosphere created at this school is not a celebration of childhood but instead a soul-crushing end to creativity and spontaneity. Also the hallways are kind of dark and poorly lit. And parents with younger children are not allowed to be a part of the school community.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have two children that go to this school. It is such a wonderful school! The office staff is ALWAYS helpful and kind. If I ever have any questions the office staff is there to help. The Principal is the sweetest person to talk with and very caring about each and every student. The PTO always makes you feel welcomed and needed. I have had such a great and positive experience at Lighthouse Elementary. It shows in my children!!

  • (3 years ago)

    We moved to Abacoa because of the schools but it has not been what we expected. The teacher has been great but the office staff principal and PE coach are cold rude and mean. It is not the environment I wanted for our son. First the office staff will never be kind joyful or inviting (this includes the nurse!) That can be very intimidating for a young kid. The principal does not like to rock the boat so you will not get much support in change. The principal will not allow siblings on campus or to any school functions. This is not a county wide policy!! This is her policy. It makes it very difficult to provide family support to your young ones. It will break your heart the first time your child looks at you with a sad face because you can not attend an event because of a sibling. ALL the children are afraid of the PE coach. He yells a lot. I have been told that the change in principal is the reason for the overall change in the school. The reason I rated this low on parent involvement is because they do not encourage ALL parents to volunteer. Parents are treated like outsiders by the office staff.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school lives up to the hype we have been thrilled with the quality and overall experience

  • (3 years ago)

    I would like to know what happened to the post that apparently was deleted in reference to this response?

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter attended LHE from kindergarten to second grade. I have only good things to say about the school and my experience was very positive. The teachers are all incredible and all the staff really nurture and care for our kids. Aftercare was amazing and my daughter really enjoyed the school. The level of education is high and is really a private public school. PTO was also amazing.

  • (3 years ago)

    Just a note to those parents commenting about the two ladies who work at the front desk. Yes they are rude. But that is not reflective of the school overall. Please remember that Lighthouse is a public school and they do not have to "sell" themselves. The school is already packed to capacity b/c everyone wants in! You can't expect to walk into a school with such open ended questions and have a busy receptionist answer them!

  • (4 years ago)

    We transferred to this school this year in the middle of second grade. Within a month the staff had my daughter in an IEP speech therapy and a performance monitoring program. I had been requesting these services for 2 1/2 years at our previous school. We transferred from out of state and the wonderful quality of the Florida public schools was an unexpected bonus. The school teachers and office staff are extremely friendly and inviting. I've been involved with 5 different private and public schools with my children and believe me this is one of the best.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter attended Lightouse. She had many struggles through each grade. She was given extra help through IEP speech & tutoring. The staff failed to recognise she had ADD. I finally identified in her & held her back in 3rd grade. She responded well to medication and is now at the top of the class. My son is in the gifted program. He could be challenged more. The teachers are restricted on advancing math. It is a shame to teach facts all year when he is counting money telling time and doing multipliction with is sister at home. They do test students on next weeks words on Friday. Alternate spelling tests are given for those students that pass. I still love the school and would not change. It is hard to individualize with such a wide range of achademic levels. I do get tired of the constant requests for money.

  • (5 years ago)

    The school is fine. They are very much in love with themselves however. The women that work the front desk are the last people on earth that should be interacting with parents very rude and arrogant.

  • (5 years ago)

    It is a very special place with caring teachers and wonderful students.

  • (5 years ago)

    Lighthouse Elementary school is a fantastic school with great teachers staff and parent involvement. When we moved to FL three years ago I did lots of research before finding 'my' school and no doubt found the BEST around!!! A+++

  • (5 years ago)

    I truly love Lighthouse Elementary School primarily because it is a very unique public school going from kindergarten to 2nd grade only. There is such a warm nurturing family atmosphere here despite it's large size. Class sizes are relatively small. Every child is made to feel loved and valued. Great leadership with Principal Gross the 'pick of the litter' devoted teachers who ALL go the extra mile for their kids and the best PTO ever!! My 2 children have thrived here. It is very deserving of the accolades it receives!!

  • (5 years ago)

    This really is a great school. My son went to K here and is now in 1st grade. He loves it! Compared to the elementary my daughter attended Lighthouse has SO much more to offer. It's a big school but seems small because of how much personal attention each student gets. The principal and staff are welcoming and always happy to answer questions and the teachers are dedicated and amazing. The Specials (music art etc.) are also fantastic! Lighthouse Elementary and Beacon Cove Intermediate were primary deciding factors on the neighborhood we chose. We're definitely happy with our choice!

  • (5 years ago)

    My son attended Lighthouse for 1st and 2nd grade and I was very active in his education and in his school. Mrs. Compton and Mrs. Temple were the best! Although they were rough years for my son (he has autism) everyone bent over backwards to give him a successful year and to do what was best for him. I am so thankful for everyone there and especially for the patience and perseverance of his teachers!

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